10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
The Secretary of State’s office has gone to the unusual step of issuing subpoenas against Fulton County officials. It is part of an investigation into complaints about provisional ballots issued on Election Day. Secretary of State Brian Kemp says they received more than 100 complaints from voters in Fulton County on Election Day.
Democrats in the state Senate say lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers should be capped at $100 a year. They also support finding a permanent source for funds for an independent ethics commission that’s not appointed by the Governor. Democrats say the gift cap the Senate adopted as a rule doesn’t go far enough to rein in the power of lobbyists.
As Georgia state lawmakers tackle juvenile justice reform this year, they are also expected to expand on last year's overhaul of the adult criminal justice system.
A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system. Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the governor's floor leaders introduced legislation outlining the plan Monday.
Georgia lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Monday, and the Senate wasted no time in passing a gift cap as part of the chamber’s rules. It will bar lobbyists from spending more than $100 on any one Senator. The rule change came as new legislators were sworn in, and each chamber elected officers. Many lawmakers brought their families, leading to toddlers running the halls of the Capitol.